Energy Policy West Coast Style Panelist


This moderated panel seeks to explore the intersection of a multitude of CA-specific topics ranging from clean energy policies, energy storage technologies and how the value proposition for energy-efficiency investments continues to evolve for C&I end-users.  With a multitude of ambitious state goals that are set to be realized over the next decade, what does all of this mean for the C&I end user experience?  Please join us for an enlightening discussion with representation from utility, technology & policy experts.  Moderated Q&A with audience participation will follow panel presentations.


George Minter
Regional VP, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy

George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He is responsible for the company’s public affairs, community relations, public policy and energy and environmental affairs functions.

Minter is a long-time policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, strategic planning, program development, communications and political advocacy.

Before re-joining SoCalGas as senior director of policy and environment, Minter was managing principal for L.A.-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM Public Affairs from 2000 to 2013. There he managed public policy initiatives and communications programs to approve large energy and land use projects.

Minter also served in the capacity as director and manager of a number of other functions for SoCalGas from 1985–2000. Prior to his career at SoCalGas, Minter was a political consultant handling local, state and national political campaigns, responsible for strategy development, campaign management, direct mail and television and radio production.

Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Assoc., Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc., L.A. Family Housing Corp. (as board chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal-State L.A., Center for the Study of L.A. at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and the California League of Conservation Voters Foundation. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association, and the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.

He currently serves as co-chair of the Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is a Board member at the Coalition for Clean Air, and is a member of the Land Use (GLUE) Council for SCAG, and the Advisory Boards of the Clean Tech Initiative of the LAEDC and Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL).

Minter has been the recipient of several awards and honors and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy. He recently was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the U.S. Council on Service and Civic Participation.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.